Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 103 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-April-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Apr-2003
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National infant immunization week urges parents to vaccinate
The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Immunization Coalition of Los Angeles County (ICLAC) will kick off National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 13 - April 19, at 10 a.m. today, Friday, April 11, at California Family Care Medical Group (CFCMG) in Los Angeles.  more

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and coronavirus testing --- United States, 2003
This report updates information on U.S. residents with SARS and summarizes the clinical histories of the five U.S. residents identified as of April 9, 2003, who have both suspected SARS and laboratory evidence of infection with a novel coronavirus.

Epidemiologic and laboratory investigations of SARS are ongoing. more


Information for patients: Brochure - National Immunization Week, 2003
The theme for NIIW is "Love them. Protect them. Immunize them." This annual observance emphasizes immunizing infants against 11 vaccine preventable diseases by the age of two. Over 500 communities across the country are expected to participate in this important week by planning community awareness and media events to promote infant immunizations to parents, caregivers, providers, and their communities.  more

CDC telebriefing transcript: Update on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
The coronavirus family--the family which contains the new virus that may cause SARS--in animals, often does cause a diarrheal illness, and so it's not impossible that the virus is in fact directly affecting the intestinal tract, and some of CDC early clinical reports did describe diarrhea or gastrointestinal symptoms. But CDC does think that there's a lot of work to do before interpretation of the presence in stool can be understood. There is nodirect or indirect evidence, at this point, that the fecal, oral route, or any other relationship with fecal material, either through cockroaches or sanitary conditions is playing a role in transmission of SARS.  more

CDC interim domestic guidance on persons who may have been exposed to patients with Suspected Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
The following guidance on management is recommended for persons other than health-care workers or household contacts that may have been exposed to SARS. These recommendations are based on the experience in the United States to date and may be revised as more information becomes available.  more

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